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The Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC) was established in Abu Dhabi in 2011 as a not-for-profit research consortium to advance the aviation industry’s commitment to sustainable business practices by developing technology with the promise of producing a clean, alternative fuel supply. The SBRC was established by Masdar Institute, which later became part of the Khalifa University, with Etihad Airways, Boeing, and Honeywell UOP. The founding members were later joined by ADNOC Refining, along with Safran, GE, and Bauer Resources.

The SEAS is the flagship project of the SBRC, it consists of the following subsystems: in-land finfish and shrimp aquaculture, Salicornia halo-agriculture, and mangrove agroforestry. Collectively, these subsystems can generate multiple benefits to any community and geographical locations hosting a SEAS facility.

On January 15, 2019, the first commercial flight with fuel produced from oilseeds harvested at the SEAS facility was carried out.


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